Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools wants to help encourage our school communities to live a healthy life. If you or someone you know has been inspired to make positive changes to your every day health and wellness, we want to know! Email our Health and Wellness Coordinator or talk to your school's Health Champion about your (or your friend or coworker's) successes. A healthy lifestyle is better attained when we work together to encourage positive changes, so let's do what we can to help each other.
The staff members at St. Gabriel Learning Centreare this month's Success Story. Click on the video below to see what aspects of health and wellness our staff members are working on. From organic gardening to developing a closer relationship to God, these staff members are truly helping to build a life of health and wellness.
This month's success story features Sarah Corbiere and the staff of École Camille J. Lerouge School. In Sarah's words,
"Having spent the last 6 months on my personal fitness journey, I decided to extend the invitation to the staff at my school to try a fun new workout with me. I found a Pound DVD collection and thought it looked like a lot of fun to try in a group setting as opposed to alone in my living room. Members of our staff began getting together in October. Our goal was to meet twice a week for one month. We met on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a time that worked for most of us after school. Our Learning Commons became our Pound Studio and we worked our butts off! We got through our Pound DVDs and decided we wanted to continue our workouts together after the month ended. As we continue to get together, we are going to try new things, like Zumba and other options to get us moving and sweating. We enjoy the exercise but I think what we really enjoy is the spirit of community as well as the shared laughter!"
Gina Goranson, Spin Instructor
A co-worker submitted the following in a nomination for Gina Goranson from St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School:
“Gina is my grade partner and friend. Last year, she took on spin instructor training sort of on a whim and now is a powerhouse spin instructor at a RYDE RD. Her classes are inspiring, fun, challenging and addicting. I have watched her transform over the last year both physically and in her confidence to rule the spin studio. She has a natural ability to push people while making them feel right at home in her classes. She was not a morning person before this gig, but has now become a burst of energy in the morning. She's changing lives. Because of her, I drag myself out of bed on Wednesday mornings at 5:25 a.m., to attend her 6:05 class. She's a true success story!”
Lada Issacs, on top of a mountain
Our Success Story this month features Lada Issacs, teaching staff at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School. In her words,
"What can I say, I love the mountains more than I love anything else in life. I love hiking and climbing because it’s the only thing that takes my mind off work or life. All I want to hear is the sounds of the birds, the wind, the waterfalls and my own heavy breathing. The feeling of accomplishment I get when I return to my car cannot be compared to anything else. I wish my eyes could take photos because no camera can do it justice.
This summer I climbed 14 mountains, exceeding my goal of 10. At over 11,000 ft, Mt. Temple in Banff National Park was the hardest thing I have done, but it was worth every fall, every terrifying moment, and every minute of the 12 hour round trip. I almost turned around 6 times in the final hour of the ascent, but somehow kept going, and when I got to the summit, I only had the time and energy to snap a couple selfies and eat an Oreo, yes just 1. Then back down it was to beat the thunderstorms. Of course, my summer goals continue to change my life, because now my 'to climb' list grows longer and higher."